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Number of coronavirus cases in Middletown area steady, but Hummelstown ZIP code sees a bump

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The Middletown area reported the same number of coronavirus cases Tuesday as it had Saturday and Monday — 31 in the 17057 ZIP code.

The total increased by 2 to 30 on Friday after three straight days of 28 reported cases, then to 31 on Saturday.

The total is 14 more than the 17 announced April 20, the first day the Department of Health released ZIP code-specific numbers of coronavirus cases across the state. 

There were 17 total cases in the 17057 ZIP code on April 20; 18 on April 21; 19 on April 22; 21 on April 23; 23 on April 24; 26 on April 25; 27 total on April 26 and April 27; 28 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 30 on Friday; and 31 on Saturday and Monday.

For the 17057 ZIP code, there have been 216 negative tests, 5 more than Monday.

Positive cases includes all people who have been confirmed to have a positive nucleic acid test for the virus that causes COVID-19. This number does not include people who are considered probable cases on the basis of symptoms, exposure or other factors only.

The 17057 ZIP code includes Middletown and Royalton and almost all of Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships. It has a total population of about 23,000 people.

• For the 17033 ZIP code, the Hershey area, there are 43 positive tests, 1 more than the previous day, and 224 negative, 9 more than the previous day.

• For the 17036 ZIP code, the Hummelstown area, there are 38 positive tests, 3 more than the previous day, and 329 negative, an increase of 6 from the previous day.

• For the 17022 ZIP code, the Elizabethtown area, there are 35 positive tests, a decrease of 1 (which was not explained), and 402 negative, an increase of 12.

• For the 17034 ZIP code, the Highspire area, there are 1 to 4 cases (the state does not specify the exact number when less than 4 for patient privacy) and 24 negative tests, an increase of 2 from the previous day.

• For the 17502 ZIP code, the Bainbridge area just across the Lancaster County line, there are 1 to 4 cases (the state does not specify the exact number when less than 4 for patient privacy) and 26 negative tests, an increase of 1 from the previous day.

Dauphin County has 695 cases and 29 deaths. Lancaster County has 2,018 cases and 144 deaths.